On the Calendar 2010
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The 2010 MRTF Award of Achievement Recipients were recognized during the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation reception on Monday, July 19th. The 2010 awardees were Mr. Bob Andrews , President, The Greenskeeper, Carmel, IN; Mr. Chip Craven, President, VESCO ; and Mr. Dan Weisenberger, Research Agronomist with the Agronomy turfgrass program. Dr Aaron Patton, Turfgrass Extension Specialist in the Department of Agronomy, was appointed Executive Director of MRTF by Mr. Troy Rippey, President of the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation.
Congratulations to Trulie Campbell, a graduate student in Scott Jackson's lab. She is a recipient of a 4 year scholarship from the United Soybean Board to finish her PhD work. She will be awarded the scholarship at this year's CSSA meeting in California.
Education Outreach Booth at National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) 2010 in Philadelphia, PA.
Sherry Fulk-Bringman and Suzanne Cunningham attended the 2010 NSTA conference this spring and “offered a wealth of hands-on activities geared toward K–12 learners. See their full array of downloadable teaching materials and related resources. Suzanne and Sherry each also presented workshops where teachers were able to dig more deeply into activities and concepts.”
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Congratulations to Qianlai Zuang who was named a William F. and Patty J. Miller Associate Professor in the College of Science, effective July 1 for a five-year term. The professorship, which was created through the generosity of Purdue alumni Bill and Patty Miller, recognizes Qianlai’s extraordinary accomplishments as a leading researcher in climate change, and his potential for continuing scholarly accomplishments.
In Sympathy--David Clay Landreth passed away at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday June 1, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Central. Born June 18, 1953, in Lafayette, he graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School and Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1975. Mr. Landreth gave up his career in architecture, fascinated with early computer technology, and would spend the next 28 years working at Purdue University. He started as a computer operator and has been a network analyst in the Agronomy Department for the past 13 years. He served on many agronomy committees, including the Computer Committee, the original Web Committee, the Secretary's Day committee, the Faculty and Staff Recognition committee, and the Agronomy Centennial Committee. He served a 3-year term as an APSAC representative for the College of Agriculture from 2004-2007. He also served on several subcommittees including the Professional Development Committee (2004-2007, chair 2007), the Computing Committee (2006-2007, vice chair 2007), as well as Purdue's committee responsible for the Eudoxia Martin Award for the outstanding female administrative assistant on campus (2004-2007). He was a member of National Wild Turkey Federation, was an avid sportsman, and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed serving his Agronomy family.
On May 22, 2004, he married Cynthia Ryan in Indianapolis, and she survives. Friends may call 5-8 pm at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. Those wishing may contribute to the National Kidney Foundation. Leave condolences www.soller-baker.com.
Congratulations to our Agronomy faculty who were recognized during the Faculty Awards Convocation on Thursday, April 28, 2010.
Committee on Institutional Cooperation – Academic Leadership Program Fellows - Rebecca Doerge
Special Faculty Award – the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Faculty mentors - Rebecca Doerge
Provost Fellows - Melba Crawford
Faculty Scholars (2010-15) - Dev Niyogi
In addition, our Distinguished Professors - Gebisa Ejeta, Herb Ohm, Suresh Rao
Named Professors - Melba Crawford, Scott Jackson, Torbert Rocheford and Mitch Tuinstra were also recognized.
Congratulations to Brad Joern and Phillip Owens on being members of the Confined Animal Feeding Operations Team which has been selected to win the 2010 Purdue Agriculture TEAM Award. The award ceremony will take place on Friday, April 30th at 2:00 p.m. in the Deans Auditorium in Pfendler Hall.
Congratulations to Dr. Gebisa Ejeta who was awarded the Indiana Hero Award. The award was presented during halftime of the Indiana Pacers vs. the Chicago Bulls at the Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, February 9.
Congratulations to Trulie Campbell who received the 2010 Indiana Seed Industry Graduate Student Study Award, presented at the Indiana Crop Improvement Association and the Indiana Seed Trade Association joint annual meeting at Indianapolis, February 11. Trulie's academic advisor is Dr. Scott Jackson.
CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Zac Reicher who received the 2010 MRTF Distinguished Service Award during the 2010 Turf Expo. The Midwest Regional Turf Foundation honored Zac who has served as Executive Director of MRTF since 2001.
Congratulations to James Rutledge who has been selected to receive the Gerald O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award. The Gerald O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award in Crop Science recognizes top-notch graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in crop science disciplines. The student is selected based on academic achievements, research and teaching contributions, leadership accomplishments, service activities and personal qualifications. The award is offered by the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and recipients receive a certificate and are recognized in the CSA News. The award honors the first CSSA President Gerald O. Mott who trained 75 graduate students during his 45 year career at Purdue University and the University of Florida. Many of his students have become eminent forage scientists.
Congratulations to Trevor Perkins who has been selected as the ASA Outstanding Senior from the Agronomy Department at Purdue University. The National Student Recognition Program (supported by ASA, CSSA, and SSSA) recognizes outstanding seniors at a 4-yr institution and second year students at a 2-yr institution that has an active chapter affiliated with the Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences and is a 2010 member of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and/or Soil Science Society of America.
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